Shake The Bucket Wednesday – 4

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(Is it sad that for every numbered post I have to go back and look at what number I’m on? No? Oh, good!)

So let’s shake the bucket and see what falls out, eh?

For those of you who don’t know, there was a post a LONG time ago about how every writer (In my humble opinion) needs a “bucket” of sorts, in which to catch their ideas. Mine happens to be a notebook. (Actually multiple notebooks and a file or three on my computer). It seems to be the most common.

Now, on Shake the Bucket Wednesday’s, I will post something in my bucket. Whether it be a title, a character, an idea, or simply a line of dialogue that I loved.

WArning: This post will be rather long, because this idea had been bouncing around in my head for sometime and has developed rather nicely.

It’s a trilogy. The titles came from the NaNoWriMo Adoptables threads, because they’re super helpful and super amazing. In order, they are,

Once Upon a Post-Apocalypse

First To Die; Last to Fall

And All The World Will Turn To Ash

If you can’t tell, they’re zombie novels. However, I’m aiming for more “non-traditional”. Non-traditional zombies, first and foremost.

How are they non-traditional? Well, the dead stay dead. They don’t rise again. Only the living are affected/infected. Also, I’ve read/seen a plethora of movies/shows/books that don’t tell you how it all began. I don’t like that. World War Z (the movie, mind, I haven’t gotten around to getting the book yet) was, to me, a good movie. They got this close to telling you how it began, but never did. And that irritated me to no end. So in these novels, you will find out exactly how it began.

Also, a bit of non-traditional story telling. My novels don’t happen in chronological order. Once Upon a Post-Apocalypse starts in media res. In the middle of the action. First to Die; Last to Fall goes back to the very beginning. The moment that sparked the apocalypse. And All the World Will Turn to Ash picks up ostensibly where the first left off.

The setting is also a little different for most zombie novels/movies/television series. It takes place in the future. Mankind has spread to the stars. It takes place on a tiny colony. Not earth. I chose this, really mainly because I freeze whenever it comes to placing anything in a “real” place, but it has since become an integral part of the plot. Much of book three couldn’t happen if it took place on Earth.

The Main Character.

She isn’t one you would normally thing to be a survivor in a zombie apocalypse. Zelinia Llamas is her name. (Just a moment while I dig out that notebook.) Female, obviously. 27. (insert physical description you don’t really care about right now) She’s a high-school drop out. A painter. Her name and art are well known across many colonies, and back on Earth. She was here for a gallery opening. Likes wearing heels and high waisted pencil-skirts.

Not your typical zombie-survivalist, huh?

What I love most about her is her personality. She’s sassy and stubborn. With a sharp wit and biting sarcasm. She’s going to be a fun character to write.

I actually have the very beginning written down, and I think I may have posted it as a Short Snippet a while back. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t. But it was a part of a word count update here. So there’s that.

I think that’s a long enough post, especially for a Shake of the Bucket. Let me know your thoughts!

Keep Writing



Shake the Bucket Wednesday – 2

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Almost forgot!

It’s Wednesday.

So let’s shake the bucket and see what falls out, eh?

Oooh. This one’s an old idea that I’ve never done anything with.

It’s based off of the saying “No good deed goes unpunished.”

The title I had in mind was No Good Deed. (Genius, no?)

Basically, as it’s written in my “bucket”, “A chain of good/nice events leads to something terrible. (War/Disease/etc.)”

And that was it.

Sound interesting? Boring? Been there, seen that? Feedback welcome, and, as always, the idea is up for grabs whether I end up doing something with it or not.

And as always,
Keep writing!